We spend most of our time in deciding what to eat and what to not. So, shouldn’t we concern it for our dogs too?
Just like humans, dogs like to eat a wide range of foods. So why not beans?
ARE BEANS GOOD FOR DOGS?
Yes, A bowl full of proteins is never a harm until fed in excess.
Beans contain an ample number of calories that your dog need for his daily work and consumption.
In addition to that beans contains fiber that helps dog avoid or overcome constipation by improving your dog’s bowel movement.
Nature have kept many essential nutrients in beans such as Potassium,
Magnesium, Iron, folate and B-vitamins.
So, here are some types of beans you can feed your dog with.
There are several types of beans that you can feed your dog such as:
Green beans are regarded most suitable beans to be consumed by your dog.
It contains a rich amount of Vitamin-C and K. Many people have concern that whether to feed their dogs with green beans or not?
Well, now you know how essential they are…….!
They are regarded as the richest source of fiber, protein, and beneficial nutrients. Green beans serve your dog with healthy components.
LENTILS AND LIMA:
Lima is rich in fiber and protein so they are absolutely safe and healthy for your furry companions.
As far as lentils are concerned, they are alkaline in nature so it is preferred to give them cooked dry lentils along with some water.
Dried beans contain kidney beans contain high number of antioxidants, that keeps your dog healthy and fit and lower their cholesterol. Dry beans can be further categories into:
Pinto beans are a rich source of protein that helps in their growth and development.
Black beans are a good source of Vitamin-As which helps improve eyesight and Vitamin-K which prevents blood clotting
There are some cases mentioned here
- Feeding your dog with raw beans: Raw beans especially red kidney beans have toxins that have very adverse effect on your dog’s health
- Feeding dogs with Chili beans: Chili beans contain spices, garlic and onion that may end up upsetting your dog’s stomach
- Feeding your dog with canned black beans: Black beans are of no harm to your dogs instead they provide nutrients to your dog such as protein.
But specifically, CANNED beans are not good for your dog’s health as they contain preservatives that may harm your dog’s health.
- Overdosing of beans: Overdosing of beans may lead to serious health issues such as Excessive gas, Diarrhea, Stomach or Abdominal pain.
- Adding seasoning to beans: Adding seasoning upsets your dog’s digestive system and causes gastric issues.
How to Safely Add Beans to My Dogs Diet?
Not all type of dogs welcomes their new diet easily. Most of them need time and proper method to make beans safely part of their diet.
So, for that there are some tips and tricks:
- Wash the beans with clean water so that no harmful chemical or toxin may enter your dog’s stomach secondly it eliminates 45% of sodium from beans making it even healthier
Boil or cook the beans so that they become soft and easy to digest thus stay gentle to your companions’ stomach
- Mash the beans before serving to your dog so that it is easy to chew except green beans. Mashing them not only increases their nutritious value but also becomes easy to digest.
- Feed your dog with plain beans without any seasoning as
it minimizes any adverse effect of it on your dog.
WHAT IF MY DOG ISN’T READY TO ACCEPT PLAIN BEANS?
Beans are very essential in providing protein and other components such as magnesium and iron to your dog.
So, if your dog does not accept them let’s play a trick with them by making some yummy treats using beans that your dog will definitely love to have.
HERE ARE SOME YUMMY RECIPES USING BEANS FOR YOUR DOGS AND WAYS OF PREPARING BEANS SAFELY:
RECIPE 1: TURKEY MEATBALLS
- 1 Pound left over turkey (do remove skin and bone)
- 1 cup of veggies (peas, green beans and carrots)
- 2 eggs
- 2 table spoon of low-fat yogurt½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
HOW TO COOK:
- Preheat your oven over 400˚F
- Mash the turkey in food processor a couple of times.
- Add rolled oats and pulse until all of it is in smaller pieces
- Add egg and yogurt and pulse until the mixture is well combined
- Transfer the mixed content in large bowl
- Add veggies and parsley and mix using hands to make even mixture
- Roll them into balls and place them on parchment paper
- Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
Here is a yummy recipe both yummy and healthy…!
RECIPE 2: GREEN BEAN BISCUITS
- ½ Cup fresh green beans
- ½ Cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 Table spoon apple sauce
- ¼ Cup warm milk
- 1 apple
- 2 Cup frozen green beans
- ¼ Cup beef bullion
- ¼ Cup dry oat meal
- 3 Table spoon vegetable oil
- 1 Cup flour
- ¼ Cup plus 2 table spoons molasses
- 1 Cup flex seeds
- ¾ Cup whole wheat flour
HOW TO MAKE?
- Place ½ cup of fresh green beans, 3 tablespoon apple sauce, shredded cheese and vegetable oil into food processor and mix it
- Pour content into a big bowl and add 1 cup flour and knead it
- Add ¼ cup of milk to soften the dough
- Roll the dough with a rolling pin about ½ inch thick Cut the dough into shapes and place on parchment paper
- Bake them at 325-degree Fahrenheit.
- Cool them a bit before serving
BEAN VS MEAT
CAN I FEED MY DOG BEANS AND NO MEAT?
Meat is as important to your dog as beans. Meat is rich in protein and iron and so are beans.
Beans contain vitamins for example A and K whereas meat especially white meat is full of Omega-3 which is good for your dog’s fur.
Neither beans nor only meat can provide all essential nutrients needed by your dog. Both of these together balance your dog’s diet.
Depending upon your dog’s health and vet’s suggestion feed your dog with both beans and meat. Dogs daily routine requires a high amount of energy that could be fulfilled by both meat and beans together. This will be beneficial for your dog and your dog won’t get bore of his same diet every day.
No one dislikes a bowl full of fiber protein for their furry companion’s. Start adding beans to your dog’s diet starting from small portions and if it suits him gradually increase the amount. Because this yummy and healthy treat is a thanking gift for your dog for all its love for you.